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First night out with new DSLR-M42 as a test subject.

4 months 8 hours ago - 4 months 8 hours ago #109768 by Astrokam
Hi everyone,
I finally got to hook up my new Canon to the LX200,I don't have a 2" reducer yet so the shots were taken at f10.I've never used a DSLR before so I did'nt know what to expect however I have to say I was very pleased with the result as because of intermittent cloud it was only a short session.

Clear skies

Kevin.
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4 months 4 hours ago #109769 by Kinch
Hi Kevin - you have done quite well there as the trapezium in Orion is always a hard capture. Looks like a very successful first light test - good luck and clear skies.......looking forward to seeing much more from you over the coming weeks and months.

Brendan.
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4 months 3 hours ago #109770 by Keith g
Nice one Kevin, thats a really good start. Once your tracking is good, there are lots of winter targets for those frosty clear nights ahead, M78 region in Orion is also a good area to test your camera on ;-)

Keith..

If a telescope can fit into your backyard it's too small. If you can't move it, it's too big." -- John Dobson
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3 months 4 weeks ago #109771 by flt158
Good evening, Kevin.

Your image of M42 and M43 is one of th very best I have ever seen!
That is because you have included Theta 1 and Theta 2 Orionis with such sharp focus.

As Keith has suggested, I would love to see a version of M78 whenever you can manage. But there is no rush on that one.

It's thumbs up all the way from Aubrey for your rendition of the Orion Nebula!
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3 months 4 weeks ago #109772 by Astrokam
Thanks everyone,
I will try M78 whenever there are clear skies again,according to the Met Eireann website that will be Mon night early hours Tues morning.
I would also like to get a shot of the Flame nebula and the Horsehead if possible while I'm in that part of the sky.
M33 and M74 are two more I would like to have a go at,as they are both close to each other and in a reasonably good position in the sky.
M31 is a little bit too straight overhead I find at the moment and also I'm working without a reducer so I might leave it until the new year when I hope to get the .62x Optec 2" reducer that works with the Meade ACF.
Until Mon/Tue, then hopefully more images,
          Clear skies             Kevin.
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3 months 4 weeks ago #109774 by richardsweeney
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Great start, you've done very well to tame that core.
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3 months 4 weeks ago #109778 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Kevin, 

Congrats on producing a very nice image of the Orion Nebula. Very much looking forward to seeing your next image. 

Clear skies, 

Darren. 
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3 months 3 weeks ago #109787 by Astrokam
Hello everyone
   I tried to get an image of M78 on Monday night however the result was not very good.
However I received my piggyback camera mount that I ordered from KTec earlier that day so instead I tried some photos using the 75mm-300mm lens I got with the camera.
First I went for the lower half of Orion,and then took a quick few shots of the Pleiades before I finished up.This was a first attempt at using the camera lens to capture photos,and they turned out reasonably ok,for what I consider to be part of a learning process.
Feel free to comment and all advice on how to improve is welcome
                                                                                            Kevin.
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3 months 3 weeks ago #109790 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Kevin, 

Very well done on producing these two lovely photos. Orion looks stunning, and I love how you caught some nebulosity among the 'Seven Sisters'. 

Keep them coming!

Darren. 
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3 months 3 weeks ago - 3 months 3 weeks ago #109794 by Astrokam
Hi everyone
I tried M78 again last night still no joy just an indistinct smudge,I'm going to need a lot of exposures to get any kind of decent image.
I did have a go at M31 while i was waitng for Orion to rise high enough,literally a pain in the neck to centre using the finderscope,but I got it eventually.Used the 75mm-300mm zoom lense which is not really ideal but it came free with the camera,and got a reasonable result,focusing is tough with the zoom lens,stars are a little bit bloated but the galaxy looks ok.
If anyone has any advice on how to capture M78 it would be most welcome.
             Kevin.
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3 months 3 weeks ago #109796 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Kevin,

I just love photos of this galaxy. And I think you've done a great job with Andromeda - you even managed to capture the satellite galaxy too! 

Congrats, and clear skies 

Darren. 
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3 months 3 weeks ago #109798 by flt158
I can see the 2 satellite galaxies of M31 in Kevin's image. 
They are otherwise called M32 and M110. 
M110 is the fainter. 
However M32 is touching the outskirts of M31 and may be quite difficult to see.  

But I must congratulate Kevin on producing each one of these images here on www.irishastronomy.org

Thank you very much, Kevin. 

Your M45 image which includes the Merope nebula is also seriously good!

Clear skies from Aubrey.  
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3 months 3 weeks ago - 3 months 3 weeks ago #109800 by Astrokam
Hi everyone
Last night was too showery to risk opening the roof of the observatory so instead i revisited some of the raw images I already had.
I had another go at stacking and processing the M42 image,this time omitting a few of the weaker images and ramping up the photoshop processing as well.
The result is more luminosity and saturation but the trapezium is still visible which is what I wanted to achieve.
This image is only nine 30 sec lights at ISO 1600 ,so I will soon take more captures of the nebula probably 50+ which hopefully will reduce some of the noise in the final image.
           Kevin.
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3 weeks 10 hours ago - 3 weeks 10 hours ago #110057 by Astrokam
Hi again everyone,
                              It's been a while but I've managed to finally capture a decent image of M51,I stacked 43 30 sec.lights taken with the Canon dslr in the LX200 still in alt az mode,(waiting on a wedge ordered since the beginning of Jan).
I also added darks,flats and bias frames,stacked in Astro Pixel,(DSS was'nt up the task)and processed in Photoshop.
                                                                                                                                                                  Hope you enjoy Kevin.
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2 weeks 6 days ago #110060 by flt158
Hello, Kevin.

Your image of these 2 galaxies - which are linked together - M51 and NGC 5195 is utterly superb!
It is very clear to us you had a very good sky. 

Clear skies from Aubrey. 
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2 weeks 6 days ago #110062 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Kevin,

Very nice to see another one of your images, and what a goodie it is. M51 is an incredible object and thanks to your image we get to appreciate its beauty. 

Great stuff! 

Darren. 
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